FAQ for Parents
Why should I choose Cares R Us Family Day Care?
Cares R Us family day care scheme offers flexible care in small group settings. Your child will be cared for in a warm family environment, providing your child more personal attention.
Cares R Us family day care scheme can be more affordable than many child care centres, especially considering you receive an additional 33% in child care benefit when compared to other child care options.
In addition, Cares R Us Family Day Care Scheme:
What kind of activities will my child be offered?
Educators are required to plan a program of activities for children in their care and keep it available where parents can view it.
Programs are play based and developed with the children's interests and current needs in mind. Outings to visit the park, library or to take walks to explore nature and the local community are also valuable in a weekly program.
How will I know if the educator is the right person for my child?
Cares R Us Family Day Care Scheme will provide you with details of all educators who meet your requirements. When you meet the educators it's important you ask questions to ensure your child receives the type of care you require. You need to outline any issues that are important to you. Cares R Us FDC staff can assist you in the type of questions you should ask the educator.
Who checks on the educators and the children in care?
Early childhood qualified staff work specifically in the field to monitor educators and the children in their care.
The fieldworkers visit the educator's home to ensure care is provided to required standards; observe children; providing developmental and behavioral suggestions and support to the educators.
Cares R Us Family Day Care also make regular spot visits to the educators homes.
FAQ for Educators
I want to be an educator, how do I apply?
Check become an Educator Page
Do I need any qualifications to be an educator?
Cares R Us FDC require that all educators must have, or be enrolled on a course to qualify for, a minimum of certificate 3 in children's services.
In addition, we will provide all educators with training and ongoing professional development workshops that relate to caring for children.
How do I know that my home is appropriate for caring for children?
Cares R Us FDC will undertake a home safety check to establish whether or not the home is clean, safe and will be an environment that children feel comfortable in.
If you believe that you may have issues with indoor and/or outdoor space (including access to outdoor play areas) or any other concerns, please detail these issues when making your application to be an educator.
How do I know the care environment is safe?
Prospective educators are required to complete a thorough registration process that involves:
How much will it cost?
Cares R Us FDC educators are independent fee setters. Fees for standard hours will be discussed with the educator.
How can I reduce the cost of my childcare fees? Cares R Us FDC is a recognized child care service that provides "approved" care. Parents may be eligible for the federal government funded child care benefit (CCB) and 50% child care rebate.
The decision on eligibility for CCB rests with the Family Assistance Office. Parents should consult the Family Assistance Office (www.familyassist.gov.au) for details of their specific entitlements to CCB. Further information on the 50% child care rebate is available from the Australian Taxation Office (www.ato.gov.au).
Will I need to register my own company?
No. You can register a company if you wish but most educators operate as self-employed contractors (also called sole traders) which mean that you operate your own business in your own name.
However, you will need to obtain an Australian Business Number (ABN) and provide it to Cares R Us FDC. You can register for an ABN online at www.abr.gov.au This service is free and will provide you with an ABN at the end of the online registration process which takes only 10 minutes or so. Further information on considerations when starting a business, such as whether to operate as a sole trader, company or other structure, can be found at www.business.gov.au